Associations to Collaborate on ‘Green’ Building Code

Orlando, FL — The two most influential associations in the home-building industry and code development/enforcement community will collaborate in an effort to “bring uniformity to sustainable building practices” through the development of a residential green building standard.

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the International Code Council (ICC) said last month that they will work together on the creation of national standards for green home building.

“The NAHB has long recognized many of its members as leaders and innovators in building green homes, but their efforts were local and without any regional or national reference,” said NAHB president David Pressly. “Members needed clearer guidance, but wanted to maintain flexibility and be able to incorporate regional distinctions.

“ICC has been promoting green building requirements through its family of codes, which set minimum standards for energy efficiency and sustainable building practices, and also recognized the need for a national set of standards for home builders and others wishing to adopt ‘above-code’ practices.

“Green technology is going to play an important role in our collective future.”

The NAHB and the ICC said they are seeking applicants for membership in the consensus committee for the development of the green home building standard. Information can be obtained at www.nahbrc.org/gbstandard.

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